Saturday, April 05, 2003

Breaking News
(It must be big to pull me away from "Russian Roulette" on the Gameshow Network)

Apple is holding a press conference tomorrow (Sunday April 6) between 12 noon and 1 o'clock Pacific Daylight time at the National Association of Broadcasters.
Many expect Apple to announce Final Cut Pro 4, Shake 3, and DVD Studio Pro 2, although those announcements were originally expected for Monday.

Profitable news...

Profitable for me, that is. That's because the MacUnderground official webstore now has a product! And there's more comin'! You can already buy the fabulous "Official $20 Mug." I took a hint from Mac Rumors and created an over-priced mug, for those that just feel generous.

And, as if one webstore isn't enough, I've launched the PyroToaster Design Store, too. You can already buy the "Wi-Fi Freeloader" mug, and more stuff's on the way.

Just remember, in this tight economy, I need money (thank you so much if you even look at the products!).

Friday, April 04, 2003

If the rumor fits...

Macwhispers is providing proof to all the recent PowerPC 970 talk with a report entitled: "Apple PPC 970 Deployment Ahead Of Schedule."

This talk fits with a flood of recent rumors and speculation about the possibility of upcoming 970-equipped machines. The last Macwhispers report suggested that Apple would introduce the 970 in a Powerbook (see MacUnderground reports "Power to the books" and "Empowered Books" below). This sparked major debates about such a release, and when it would occur, considering the fact that new 15.4" Powerbooks have been rumored to be near release for over a month.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

The tangled web of justification...

If you frequent a Forum like the Mac Forums at Mac Rumors, you know there's plenty of hot debate about the potential for Apple to release the PPC 970 in Powerbooks soon. Many people make the point of "How will Apple justify it?!" It's a point that's come up often recently. Here are my thoughts from this Mac Forums thread:

I keep hearing: "How will Apple justify doing this?!" and "How will Apple justify doing that?!"

The answer is that Apple doesn't have to justify anything. In fact, there'll probably be a period of time later this year when Apple simply isn't justifying something. It's unavoidable.

Apple has a ton of stuff to roll out. New towers. New laptops. New tablets (and such). All with a new processor and OS version, just to make things more difficult. They can't release everything at once, so things are going to be a little odd for a while. Deal with it.

It makes sense for Powermac 970s and Powerbook 970s to be announced (possibly released) at the same time. It happened with the G3, and the 970 itself is both faster and less power consuming (on the lower clock speeds, that is) than the G4. I'm actually beginning to wonder if Apple will skip the G4 alltogether in the iBook and go straight to low-speed 970s.

There's precedent for such an unjustified release situation. Think just a few months back, before the latest iMac update.
The eMac was running at similar G4 clock speeds, had a Superdrive, and was far cheaper than the iMac. Some people called question to it, although not as many as now, when we're in a speculative situation. In the end, the low eMac prices didn't hurt iMac sales that much, but the cost gap between the two was definitely large.

Apple has a lot to get done in the next several months, things will get confusing. That happens. Life will go on, and we'll all ride Woz's Segway's into the sunset.

Empowered-books?

New rumors are circulating about the forever-upcoming 15.4" alluminium Powerbook. Talk yesterday suggested that Powerbooks might feature the PowerPC 970 sooner than expected. Such an idea has been met with both acceptance and rejection.

Today's talk (see it here at Mac Rumors) suggests that the machine has been delayed because of production problems, and that it should be available within a month "or so." Since most people expect a 970 announcement at the WWDC in June, Powerbooks in early May would miss the mark. Unless, or course, the 970 will be announced sooner...

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Power to the books?

Macwhispers has gone to speculate that Apple will introduce the PowerPC 970 in the long-upcoming 15.4" Powerbook, instead of in the Powermac (perhaps at the same time?).

The idea isn't that crazy, but it would delay the new 15" Powerbook, originally predicted for late-February/March, all the way to the WWDC in June. The real advantage to 970 laptops is the more power-friendly design of the chip, not to mention the faster clock speeds.

Here's another thought, many people have voiced concern about Apple's strategy with the iBook. iBook updates are expected to surface in the next month or so, and many problems have come from the speculation. If the iBook uses a G4, or a faster G3 (the more likely of the two), there's a real possibility that 12" Powerbook sales could sink in favor of the cheaper iBook. If Apple is planning a 970 overhaul of the Powerbook line in June, they may also have plans for changes to the iBook around that time (maybe as much as a month before). Just maybe...

To boldly go...

MacMinute has this very informative look at one man's idea. That idea: to build and sell Mac clones.

Sure, it's been done before by companies by Power Computing. But that was under Apple's ill-fated, and ill-planned, and ill-implimented Mac clone policy in the pre-Jobsian era. This man, John Fraser, is truly trying something new. He'll be going head-to-head-of-sorts with Steve Jobs (assuming he actually starts selling his creation, the "iBox").
So, good luck Mr. Fraser, I think you'll need it.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Pranks in Cupertino...

Happy April Fools Day! Or unhappy, depending on which end of prank you fall.
Macwhispers has posted a funny April Fools article just to celebrate the occasion.

Monday, March 31, 2003

April Fools over the dateline?

Mac Rumors has posted info on a rumor from Japanese site Kodawarisan.
The site is claiming that tomorrow will bring new iBooks, reaching the gigahertz barrier with the G3. The machines are also said to sport a backlit keyboard on the top model, and Built-to-order colors.

Sounds pretty darn good, doesn't it? Well, it's a day to be a skeptic. Tomorrow is April Fools day (it also happens to be an election day), and in Japan, it's already tomorrow.

That said, I imagine Steve Jobs would get a real kick out of releasing something big on April Fools day, just to mess with us.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

PyroToaster news...

Head on over to my icons, etc. design site, PyroToaster, and have a look at my newest icon set. You can even download it! The set, Aqua Convergence, has been entered in the Iconfactory's Pixelpalooza 2003, expect to see it there tomorrow.

Tablet talk...

Mac Rumors has finally gotten around to mentioning the latest tablet rumors from Spymac and Macwhispers. The site has yet to go out on a limb and speculate, and seems to be approaching the topic with caution.

Here are some of my thoughts on the subject, straight from the Mac Forums thread on the topic:

Instead of thinking of this as a regular tablet or a PDA (the horror!). Think of this as a sub-sub-laptop. An ultra-mini iBook. A keyboard-less all-in-one wonder portable. That's what this is (or will be, etc.).

Steve Jobs knows all to well that making anything conventional is a bad idea (think of the iMac here, or the iBook, or the iPod, etc.). He's even said that he's unsure the tablet market is ever going to happen. The PC tablet market.

Don't forget, this is Jobsian Apple. We should expect the (mostly) unexpected.